Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has revealed the ONE football match in his career that made him cry – when his dreams of leading Real Madrid to their tenth Champions League title were crushed in 2012.
The Special One knew his Los Blancos team was set to achieve something special having been crowned LaLiga champions with a record-breaking season.
Spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo’s 46 league goals, Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona to win their record 32nd title with a record 100 points, a record 121 goals, a record goal difference of +89, a record 16 away wins and a record 32 wins overall.
That’s a lot of records.
Their domestic success made Real Madrid big favourites for the European crown, too, especially with Mourinho at the helm, having already lifted the famous trophy as manager of Porto and Inter Milan.
But Mourinho and his side suffered heart-break in the semi-final, where they were beaten on penalties by Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo, so often Real’s source of inspiration and match-winner, missed from the spot, as did Kaka and Sergio Ramos, as the Germans scraped through into the final, which was coincidentally held at their home stadium, the Allianz Arena.
They didn’t celebrate in front of their home fans, though, as Bayern were of course beaten by Chelsea in another penalty shoot-out.
While Mourinho would have been pleased that his former club exacted his revenge for him in the final, the Portuguese coach has said Real’s semi-final defeat, and the missed chance to win La Decima, reduced him to tears.
Real would later lift their tenth European title two years later in 2014 under Mourinho’s replacement, Carlo Ancelotti.
“Unfortunately, that’s football,” Mourinho said in an interview with Marca.
“Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos… three complete monsters of football, there’s no doubt about that, but they’re also human.
“That night is the only time in my career as a coach that I’ve cried after a defeat. I remember it well… Aitor [Karanka] and I pulled up in front of my house, in the car, crying…
“It was very hard because we were the best that season.”
And, eight years later, Mourinho is still yet to win his third European trophy.
He’s probably sick of semi-finals, too – the closest he’s come to a trio of Champions League triumphs was his first campaign back at Chelsea in the 2013/14 campaign, when the Blues were dumped out by Atletico Madrid in the final four.
Could he complete his hat-trick as Spurs boss?
Nah, probably not.